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Big Fish, Belfast

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The Big Fish also called the Bigfish is a printed ceramic mosaic sculpture by John Kindness 10 metres long constructed in 1999 in Donegall Quay in Belfast, near the Lagan Lookout and Custom House.The Big Fishs image appears on Belfast and Northern Ireland related tourism material.ConstructionThe outer skin of the fish is a cladding of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast. Material from Tudor times to present day newspaper headlines are included along with contributions from Belfast school children (including a soldier and an Ulster Fry). The Ulster Museum provided the primary source of historic images, while local schools/day centres located along the line of the River Farset were approached to provide drawings for the fish. Images were provided by Glenwood Primary School, St Comgalls and Everton Day Centres.The Big Fish contains a time capsule storing information/images/poetry on the City.CommissionThe work was commissioned to celebrate the regeneration of the River Lagan. The site is a significant landmark as it is the location of the confluence of the River Farset with the River Lagan (Belfast is named after the River Farset).
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  • Cool the obelisk in place very good to do photos. Interestingly made, and can be a showcase of the waterfront, Belfast.
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  • 10 meters long, since 1999 placed in the River Liffey, by the offshore wall of ceramics to manufacture fish art. In the sun, with blue, white as the main ceramic plate appearance, live fish art of the sense of life.
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  • Salmon's is great. Titanic Museum is nearby. To take pictures, or use this fish and the perspective it is interesting.
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  • Its a lovely bridge which connects two ends like all bridges do. This place was silent with beautiful skyscrapers on both sides. You can see the train tracks running parallel to it. Also there is a girl statue some where far from the bridge which you can catch a glimpse from this place. Just go for some nice pics.
  • Really awesome statue, every tile tells a story. Doesn't look odd or out of place n am fairly sure it should. Worth a visit n a photo or two.
  • I didn't initially understand why it's called the salmon of knowledge.. But I realized if you probably sat beside it in one of the Parkside benches you might be enlightened.. Nice place to take a casual stroll..
  • The Big Fish is a sculpture by the banks of the River Lagan and just in front of the Lagan Weir. If you get close enough to the sculpture, you'll see that the scales of the fish are actually ceramic plates and tiles. Some of the ceramics even have images from history related to Belfast. Locals often call it "The Salmon of Knowledge", which sounds a lot more fun. A great photo op!
  • If you happened to walk around Belfast or perhaps taking an independent city tour, you could stop by the quay and find a bench near this monument. There's a food truck nearby, selling chips and such. It was quite a treat.
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